SportAccord 2005 To Gather Major Sporting Decision-Makers In Berlin
In addition to various meetings and assemblies of the 100 International Sports Federations members of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee will hold its annual Spring meeting during SportAccord.
With over 1,400 delegates expected to attend from the IFs, Olympic Movement and sporting industry, SportAccord offers an unrivalled platform for those in the top echelons of world sport to meet, network and exchange ideas.
In addition, the IOC has agreed to allow the five cities bidding for the 2012 Olympic Games (Paris, New York, Moscow, London and Madrid) to have an exhibition stand at SportAccord and to make a 10-minute presentation to the general assembly of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) on April 17th. SportAccord will therefore provide the candidate cities with one of their last opportunities to meet the Olympic Movement’s key leaders prior to the IOC’s decision on the host city on July 6th in Singapore.
Hein Verbruggen, GAISF acting president, and Berlin Sports Senator Klaus Böger recently met in Berlin to promote the staging of the international sports industry convention in the German capital. “This is a great opportunity for Germany to show how much international sports are welcome in our city and our country”, said Böger.. “SportAccord has undoubtedly established itself as a must attend event in the international calendar of sports conferences and Berlin will clearly be no exception.” said Verbruggen.
Collectively owned and managed by GAISF, ASOIF and AIOWF(Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), SportAccord encompasses the annual Associations’ meetings and General Assemblies, and includes open conference sessions, workshops, seminars, scheduled networking opportunities and an exhibition, all scheduled around the Associations’ meetings.
The event also brings together sponsors, architects, sports lawyers, broadcasters, bidding cities, event organizers, technology experts and other specialists to discuss the key issues facing the sports industry.
Topics to be discussed at the SportAccord conference and workshops include:
• What do you want from a host city?
• Financing major events – making the event happen
• Financing major events – making the event pay
• What do brands want from sport?
• Integrating media rights for maximum revenue
• Event legacy – building a facilities legacy
• Event legacy – economic impact
• Producing a better sports television product
• New solutions in CRM & ticketing
• Germany & World Cup 2006
• LawAccord briefing – Overview of 2005
Among the speakers who will be participating during the conference and workshops are:
Peter Abraam, CEO, Victorian Major Events
Darren Bailey, Head of Legal, International Rugby Board (IRB)
Gerd Bildau, Managing Director, World Games 2005 GmbH
Philippe Blatter, Principal, McKinsey & Company
Rick Burton, Commissioner, Australian National Basketball League
Spyros Capralos, President, Athens Stock Exchange and Former General Secretary of the Olympic
Games for the Greek Government and Executive Director of the Athens Organizing Committee (ATHOC)
Nick Chesworth, Senior Vice President, IMG
Phlip Cordes, CEO, SportFive
Daniel Cordey, Managing Director, Nüssli (Schweiz) AG
Marc Davis, Senior Vice President, Marsh Ltd.
Robert J. Johnson, Principal, Cannon Design
Sarah Lewis, Secretary General, International Ski Federatio (FIS)
Wolfgang Maennig, Professor of Economics, University of Hamburg
Cornel Marculescu, Executive Director, International Swimming Federation (FINA)
Dirk Reiner-Martens, Partner, Beiten Burkhardt
Craig McLatchey, Chief Executive, Olympic Games Knowledge Service (OGKS)
Josef Nehl, CEO, WIGE Media AG
Peter Oliver, International Business Development Director, CIBER UK
Michael Payne, Special Advisor to Chairman/CEO, Formula One Management
Andrew Price, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard
Kevin Roberts, Editorial Director, SportBusiness Group
Andrew Ryan, Chief Operating Officer, International Badminton Federation (IBF)
Dominik Schmid, Executive Director-Broadcast Operations, Infront Sports & Media
Malcolm Speed, CEO, International Cricket Council
Jay Stuart, Editorial Director, Sport Services Group
Stephen Townley, Chairman, Active Rights Management
Stephanie Vardavas, Endorsement & League Affairs, NIKE Inc.
Hein Verbruggen, Acting President, GAISF
Chris Woerts, Marketing Director, Eredivise (Dutch Premier League)
Current exhibitors at SportAccord include:
City of Berlin
IEC in Sports
Lausanne Olympic Capital
New York 2012
Sport Services Group
Victorian Major Events
World Anti-Doping Agency
World Games 2005 GmbH Duisburg
For more information on the event, including details on becoming a delegate, exhibitor, sponsor or accredited
media representative, please visit the website at:
For more information: Anna Hellman
General Manager, SportAccord
P: +41-24 4685972